Life as we know it isn’t all a walk in the park. You’re almost guaranteed to have good days as well as bad ones. Those of us with faith have a bit of an advantage over those without any hope.
“Whoever hears these teachings of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. But it did not fall because it was built on rock.” Matthew 7:24-25
Although I’m not one to focus on the negative, sometimes it’s important to remember and prepare for those bad days. Our lives have been going through many challenges for the past decade or so. From the way things have gone the past few weeks I can tell we’re not out of the woods as a nation, or world, yet. So what do we do in the tough times?
We pray, we plan, we prepare, we are proactive.
We start with prayer because that’s what God instructs, and honestly, it makes me feel better if I’m in a tough spot and I start with some prayer. Once we’ve gotten some peace and reassurance from God we can move on to the next step.
The plan isn’t a completely rigid, unchangeable plan, it’s the basics and a starting point for us to plan what to do and how to do it so we can survive. Your plan can’t be just yours, you have to be able to agree on a plan with those in your life.
Preparing means not gathering enough supplies to live off of until 2040, but enough that you can use on a semi-regular basis and replenish (so you don’t have canned goods from 2012 in 2040). Preparing also means that you’ve talked about how things will go if it doesn’t work in your favor (and you or someone dies or gets very sick).
Being proactive is the ultimate key though. You won’t be sufficiently prepared for the end of the world if you just read your Bible once, gather 1 bottle of water and a little tent. Faith and life are two things that need to be worked on on a consistent basis-not just once.
How does your faith help you when thinking about the future and what are you doing to prepare?